Top 10 Events to Attend in November 2020

Whether you want to explore your own mental health or learn how to be an antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi, here are 10 events to check out this month.

Thrive Month

When: November 1–30, 2020

This November, learn about, talk about, and explore your path to mental health during Thrive month. Whether you’re working and learning from home or on campus, the past few months have presented many new challenges and changes. It is more important than ever for each of us to foster and maintain mental health and to make sure we have the skills and resources to cope and be resilient through life’s ups and downs.

UBC Connects: Justice Edwin Cameron

When: November 3, 2020

Has Foucault’s philosophy found its time with the current calls to abolish prisons? This talk will explore the notion of prison reform from Cameron’s perspective as South Africa’s inspecting judge of prisons. 

Justice Edwin Cameron is a former judge of South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court. During apartheid, he was a human rights lawyer and in 2000 he was awarded the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. Cameron has fought for LGBTI equality and was a fierce critic of former South African president Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS denialist policies.

VocalEye Tour of Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice

When: November 4, 2020

The UBC Museum of Anthropology is partnering with VocalEye, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making public programming accessible for the blind and partially sighted, to offer an online recorded curatorial tour of Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience with supplementary description by VocalEye and a Q+A to follow.

Transformative Justice: Building From Community

When: November 5, 2020

When the Pandemic struck Vancouver and social distancing began, many were keenly aware of the impacts that the pandemic would have on their communities and quickly began to organize.

This November, join the Centre for Community Engaged Learning for a panel discussion on transformative justice and the importance of mutual aid in caring for our communities.

Thinking While Black

When: November 10–25, 2020

Join National Book award-winning authors Jesmyn Ward and Ibram X. Kendi for three virtual events as part of the 2020 Phil Lind Initiative series on “Thinking While Black,” hosted by UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.


When: November 11, 2020

Ridge is re-imagined as a feature film, recorded on legendary Cooke Anamorphic lenses using a variety of locations throughout the UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts as the innovative set.

From dressing rooms, to the canopy that soars above the stage, to the orchestra pit, Brendan McLeod and his band The Fugitives were able to eradicate any pre-conceived notions of a how a concert hall should be utilized, and transform the venue into a character all its own for this incredible cinematic adaptation of Ridge.

Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony

When: November 11, 2020

Since the opening of the War Memorial Gym in 1951, UBC has held a ceremony commemorating November 11. This year, 2020 will mark sixty-nine years that UBC has hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony. This special ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the on and off-campus community to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.

Making Teamwork Work in Online Courses

When: November 12, 2020

Team projects in the online environment provide the chance for students to connect with one another, grow their skills, and deepen their learning. Yet, students often complain about having to participate in team and group projects. Free loading, lack of clarity about purpose, unequal contributions, and scheduling time to collaborate are some of the frustrations students experience.

Come to this session to learn some best practices for creating and supporting healthy team work in your online course.

Managing Up, Down and Across: How to Navigate the Workplace with Courage

When: November 17, 2020

The workplace is a web of complexities, with the push and pull of projects, deadlines, and relationships. Here we sometimes find ourselves lost and overwhelmed, not knowing how to navigate it all. Yet even in complex situations, there is a magical confluence where you can succeed. All it takes is the alignment of your values, skills, and a splash of courage. This webinar will explore ways to be resilient and navigate the workplace, its relationships, and tricky situations so that you can manage people and situations up, down, and across.

Fall Graduation Ceremony

When: November 25, 2020

Congratulations to the class of 2020! This year’s virtual fall graduation will celebrate the achievements of UBC graduates. While many of us will not be gathering in-person as mandated by public health authorities due to COVID-19, this is an opportunity to celebrate and take pride in your accomplishments.

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